Damien Hirst, ‘Beans and Chips’, 1999, Artificial Gallery

For his first major body of prints, 'The Last Supper', a series of 13 screenprints made in 1999, Hirst based the designs on specific pharmaceutical packets but with the original drug names replaced by everyday British café food. 'Beans & Chips' is based on a packet of Becotide Rotacaps. Each pack contains 112 rotacaps, which are designed for insertion into a rotahaler and the contents inhaled. The product is used in the treatment of asthma by reducing inflammation in the lungs. Side effects include candidiasis (thrush) of the throat and mouth. The design of this print was incorporated into a stained-glass window at Hirst's Pharmacy restaurant in Notting Hill, London. Signed by Damien Hirst, front of sheet, in pencil (numbered on the reverse).

About Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst first came to public attention in London in 1988 when he conceived and curated "Freeze," an exhibition in a disused warehouse that showed his work and that of his friends and fellow students at Goldsmiths College. In the nearly quarter of a century since that pivotal show (which would come to define the Young British Artists), Hirst has become one of the most influential artists of his generation. His groundbreaking works include The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991), a shark in formaldehyde; Mother and Child Divided (1993) a four-part sculpture of a bisected cow and calf; and For the Love of God (2007), a human skull studded with 8,601 diamonds. In addition to his installations and sculptures, Hirst’s Spot paintings and Butterfly paintings have become universally recognized.

British, b. 1965, Bristol, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom